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“Fake” seed has been blamed for Thailand’s embarrassing second place in last week’s international rice Olympiad in Phuket. Following national humiliation at the hands of Cambodian farmers, a government investigation into the disaster blamed “fake seed” for the disgrace. Natthakit Khongthip, the man carrying the can for the catastrophe, on Thursday described the offending seed behind Thailand’s national as “inauthentic.” The quality of Thai rice is an incredibly touchy subject. Sixty varieties of rice from all over the world entered the competition for the best fragrant rice this year. The World Rice Conference in Phuket was won by Cambodia’s Phka […]

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So funny 😂😂😂. I love watching the Thais lose face. Like a bunch of 4 year olds. Utterly pathetic. They can’t see the irony in that their reaction is the real loss of face. 

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Farmers usually don't want to save seed as it's subject to genetic drift.  Saving seed is a last resort because eventually, traits will change.  This is why seed providers are so popular in the west.  Yes it's more expensive but you're guaranteed quality, and usually covered by some sort of warranty and/or insurance if anything doesn't sprout right.

Related: Uganda's Bad Seeds

[edit] Well the hyperlink tool isn't working so here's the link:

https://reason.com/2017/02/12/ugandas-bad-seeds/

 

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